2013 Macán, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

2013 Macán, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

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2013 Macán, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja, Spain

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Immediately richer and more complex than the Clásico, the 2013 Macán is full of sweet spice on the nose. Sweet, rich blackberry fruit dominates the palate but the wine has good freshness and is lifted by an earthy note of freshly picked hedgerow fruit on the finish. It feels as if there is a clearer understanding of the multitudinous parcels of terroir in Macán this year.  The oak is much more integrated and the wine is smooth with a lovely length that just goes on and on. This a rewarding glass of Rioja to settle in to. Drink 2018-2025.
Catriona Felstead MW, Spain Buyer

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Wine Advocate93/100
Tasting the 2012 and 2014, I was also offered the 2013 Macn to see its evolution in bottle. Sorting and selecting was key in a challenging vintage like 2013, resulting in an elegant, subtle, harmonious and fresh Macn. 52,000 bottles, 2,062 magnums and some larger formats were filled in June 2015.
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About this WINE

Bodegas Rothschild & Vega Sicilia

Bodegas Rothschild & Vega Sicilia

Macán is the result of a unique partnership between Vega Sicilia and Benjamin de Rothschild born out of a meeting between Pablo Álvarez and Benjamin de Rothschild in 2003. At that time Benjamin was looking for help to invest and produce wine in Spain and Pablo agreed, not to help, but to become a joint partner in a brand new venture.

The new venture was christened BR&VS and the two partners chose Rioja to be its home, as both Pablo and Benjamin recognised its great (still largely untapped) potential and hugely admired many of its wines. It took more than a few years to find and buy the right vineyards, but eventually they bought 80 hectares from a remarkable 70 different owners for their two wines. In the classic style of Bordeaux, there is a “Grand Vin” (Macán) and a “Second Wine” (Macán Clásico).

This is not traditional Rioja, Macán and Macán Clásico are not blends of various terroirs but aim to express one particular terroir – that of San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja Alta.

Locals would say that Macán is the sort of wine Rioja used to make in the 1960s and it should not be considered “modern”, as such. BR&VS is not, however, following the traditional style of Rioja ageing nor using the Crianza/Reserva/Gran Reserva scale. The pair wanted the freedom to do what they feel is best for their wines; for instance, they have decided to age the wines in more elegant Burgundian oak (rather than the more traditional American).

Both wines spend 12 months in 50 percent new and 50 percent one-year-old Burgundian oak. Rather than trying to fit Macán into Rioja, winemaker Javier Ausas is looking for an individual expression, but also for Macán to fit clearly within the Vega Sicilia family of wines.

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Best of BBX: Rioja

Best of BBX: Rioja

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Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino

A high quality red wine grape that is grown all over Spain except in the hot South - it is known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepenas and Ull de Llebre in Catalonia. Its spiritual home is in Rioja and Navarra where it constitutes around 70% of most red blends.

Tempranillo-based wines tend to have a spicy, herbal, tobacco-like character accompanied by ripe strawberry and red cherry fruits. It produces fresh, vibrantly fruit driven "jovenes" meant for drinking young. However Tempranillo really comes into its own when oak aged, as with the top Riojas  where its flavours seem to harmonise perfectly with both French and American oak, producing rich, powerful and concentrated wines which can be extraordinarily long-lived.

In Ribera del Duero it generally sees less oak - the exception being Vega Sicilia where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and then aged for an astonishing 7 years in oak and is unquestionably one of the world`s greatest wines.

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